The Simple Life

Lord Have Mercy On Us


Today is a designated day of prayer in Kenya, from wherever we are. Take time to really reflect on the realities of this nation and lay your heart bare before the Father that He may hear from heaven and heal our land for our destiny is tied to the destiny of Afrika and we must there RISE to the fullness of God and His Word

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Let’s raise our voices in thanks and praise for He

Is good & His love endures forever

Has given us life

Has a plan for the season

Has absolute understanding and awareness

Has preserved us this far and continues to watch over us

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Let’s raise our voices in thanks and praise for He

Is the shield around us; our shield and buckler

Is our glory and He lifts our heads

Has delivered and kept us alive through the generations

Is true to His word and watches over us

Is our refuge, our strengthen, our deliverer, our life & our salvation

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Let us raise our hearts in REPENTANCE for we have

Been unfaithful in our first love

Been unjust to our brothers and sisters

Ignored the widow, orphan & fatherless

Greedily looked after ourselves

Despised those of lower station than us

Cursed those with more than us

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Let us raise our hearts in REPENTANCE for we have

Stolen from our community

Ignored His ways and statutes

Loved & served other gods before Him

Lied that we love Him yet we love money more

Been driven by greed to doubt Him

Forsaken the call to share love

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Let us raise our hearts in REPENTANCE

Father look upon us in mercy

Have mercy oh Lord, Have mercy

Father look upon us in mercy

Have mercy oh Lord, Have mercy

Father look upon us in mercy

Have mercy oh Lord, Have mercy

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Father your word says if we confess our sins

Repent from the same

And turn from our wicked ways

You will hear from heaven

And heal our land

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Father look upon us in mercy

Have mercy oh Lord, Have mercy

For we are nothing without you

We will go nowhere without you

We are destined to fail without you

Father look upon us in mercy

Have mercy oh Lord, Have mercy

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For our greed and sin

WE ARE SORRY

For our selfishness

WE ARE SORRY

For our fear and doubt

WE ARE SORRY

For walking away from You

WE ARE SORRY

For our loose tongues

WE ARE SORRY

For our slanderous words

WE ARE SORRY

For our arrogance and ignorance

WE ARE SORRY

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Create in us a clean heart that desires only you

Renew a right spirit in us that will follow you

Renew our minds to Your word that is truth

Align our desires to yours that we would honour you

Where we thought we knew; teach us your way

Where we thought we were right; realign our thoughts

Where we felt we understood; restore our focus on you

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Father, have mercy on us as your people

Raise among us your remnant who will never leave your way

Raise among us a people in your image and likeness

Raise among us a people devoted to your word

Raise among us a people committed to you

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Father, have mercy on us as your people

For we do not know what to do

We do not know how to respond

We are broken vessels uncertain of the path

We are rudderless because nothing is working

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Father, have mercy on us as your people

For if you do not, who will be our guide?

If you do not how will we live from here?

If you do not, where will we go for help?

If you do not, how do we function?

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Father, have mercy on us as your people

Father, have mercy on us as your people

Father, have mercy on us as your people

Father, have mercy on us as your people

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Father, have mercy on us as your people

FORGIVE us for being arrogant and proud

FORGIVE us for anger and hate

FORGIVE us for lust and envy

FORGIVE us for ignoring the plight of others

FORGIVE us for bloodshed and destruction

FORGIVE us oh Lord FORGIVE us

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FORGIVE us for we have ignored our brethren

FORGIVE us for destroying your land

FORGIVE us for hoarding property and supplies

FORGIVE us for exalting ourselves

FORGIVE us for corruption and lies

FORGIVE us oh Lord FORGIVE us

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Have mercy on us oh Lord

Have mercy on us oh Lord

Have mercy on us oh Lord

Have mercy on us oh Lord

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Have mercy on us oh Lord

And heal our hearts

Have mercy on us oh Lord

And heal our minds

Have mercy on us oh Lord

And restore our souls

Have mercy on us oh Lord, Have mercy

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Have mercy on us oh Lord, have mercy

For we are a sinful people

Have mercy on us oh Lord, have mercy

For we are broken and shattered

Have mercy on us oh Lord, have mercy

For we are weak and easy shaken

Have mercy on us oh Lord, have mercy

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Have mercy on us oh Lord, have mercy

For we are nothing before you

Have mercy on us oh Lord, have mercy

For we have been unfaithful

Have mercy on us oh Lord, have mercy

For we have lusted after the things of the world

Have mercy on us oh Lord, have mercy

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Have mercy on us oh Lord

That we may correct our lives

Have mercy on us oh Lord

That we may walk in your ways

Have mercy on us oh Lord

And heal our land

Have mercy on us oh Lord, have mercy

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Have mercy on us oh Lord, have mercy

For without you we are nothing

Have mercy on us oh Lord, have mercy

For without your wisdom we are foolish

Have mercy on us oh Lord, have mercy

For you are our ONLY HOPE

Have mercy on us oh Lord, have mercy

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Have mercy on us oh Lord, have mercy

Have mercy on us oh Lord, have mercy

Have mercy on us oh Lord, have mercy

Have mercy on us oh Lord, have mercy

THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

Living It Out In Prayer


Moses Ksm 1Hi Daddy
Hi love
How are you?
Blessed! You?
Good.
You’ve been quiet…anything I need to know?
Does there have to be something when I’m quiet?
No.
So why the inquest today?
I woke up with you on my heart as did your brother.
Jim?
No, Daud.
Daud?
Yup
And he called you?
Oh not about you. We had other business but at the end of our chat he asked about you
So why didn’t he call me?
Oh he will! You know him. Back to you…what’s up?
You remember my friend Anita?
Let me think…the one with a fake accent?
Fake accent? Really?
Yeah, she’s never been abroad but  she has an American accent
But she’s been to international schools all her life
Aha, sorry to misjudge her. Is she the one you’re thinking about?
Moses Ksm 3Yes
What’s up?
She’s been through a lot
We all have
Yeah, I know but it’s so hard for her.
What’s going on?
Her family is breaking up and her faith is breaking.
Breaking up?
Yes. It’s such a mess
What is?
Her life
And you are able to judge this how?
Just look at her life.
How can I? I don’t have the full picture. Do you?
No
Then how can you say her life is a mess?
I can see it.
See? Please explain what you see.
She’s off kilter, she cries easily, people say her family think she’s losing her mind
People say?
Yes
Do you know these people?
Not all of them
Do you trust them?
Not all
So how is it that you’re peddling this info?
Peddling info?
Sure, you have heard people talk but you haven’t confirmed the story right?
I confirmed it with one of my friends.
That’s not confirmationMoses Ksm 4
Really?
Yes.
What’s confirmation to you?
Have you spoken to Anita?
No!
Have you asked God what’s going on?
No!
Then how can you say you’ve confirmed the story? Have you listened to her? Cried with her? Prayed with her? Stood with her?
Oh my…no
How can you say you are a true friend? Then all you are right now is a rumour mongerer like everyone else.
What?
Yes. If you continue to just discuss Anita and her challenges with others, you are no better than everyone else. To be different you must do different.
What do I do?
You don’t know?
Honestly, I’m not sure.
Well, it’s quite simple really.

Really?

Sure. First, pray! Ask God for peace, clarity…basic direction. Second, do what He says.
Just that?

Moses Ksm 5Yup!

Don’t I need to talk to Anita to apologize & find out the truth?
I don’t know! Maybe but not if He doesn’t say so.
Wow…I had it all wrong!
Yup, but you can get it all right again.

You make it sound so simple.

It is simple dear.

Really? We are so used to talking about things yet you are saying that isn’t the best way?

Not the best at all. Did your discussions about her change her life?

No!

Did your talks encourage her or draw her closer to healing and restoration?

No!

What did it do?

Alienated her…moved us all away, brought shame on her…

How easy it is for us to do the simple bad thing rather the simpler right thing

I must say that praying first at times seems lame

Really?

Yes, because it is just prayer

However, remember prayer changes things

Yes it does

Go and pray for her and then do what God saysMoses Ksm 2
Thanks Daddy.

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Jean left Daddy, went to her room, put her head down and cried. Her heart broke into pieces…
How did I get here?
How did I become a tattler not a true friend?
How did we lose touch?

Dear Lord, Forgive me.

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What about you? Are you a good friend? Do you stand by those God has sent to you fully and truly?

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 All images are of Lake Victoria in Kisumu courtesy of Moses Nderitu

THE CHRISTIAN WALK

Prayer Avails Much


Prayer Avails Much

Let us not forget how much we prayed for peace as a nation in the run up to the 2013 General Election. We spent time on our knees and begged God to keep us from fighting our neighbours, brothers and friends.

Let us not give up praying for the nation of Kenya because we are the gateway to East Africa and our mandate as a nation is great. Let us pray that our leaders will be reminded that they were elected to serve the people and not themselves, Let us pray for wisdom for our leaders as they navigate relationships, negotiations, foreign policy, development strategies, security concerns.

Let us pray for our neighbours that they will engage in dialogue and share in the responsibilities of region building. Let us pray for our neighbours that peace will prevail in their nations as it prevails on ours.

The prayers of a righteous man or woman availeth much…Let us join hands and pray for this beautiful nation that is our motherland.

A man is strongest when he is on his knees…may we take the example from our leaders as they took their oath office to kneel before God and man and submit to Divine guidance.

Let us Pray for our homes, neighbourhoods, estates, leaders, constituencies, wards, counties and nation. For all the people in the land that peace, love and compassion will prevail and the face of Africa will change because the face of Kenya has changed.

Let us pray…… for prayer avails much.

THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

Certainty




jn3I had a great conversation with a friend today and he shared something very profound so I will quote him. We were talking about how there have been moments in life when things aren’t quite on track according to me and I wonder what is taking Papa so long to deal with things or answer prayer. What he said was really simple and at times would seem cliché but it created a lot of traction for me.

He said:

“Never doubt His love for you…at times we see the mountains rather than the God of the mountains. Even if He is silent He is there, maybe waiting for a faith action or just quiet so that you may draw closer to Him to hear His still small voice.  But yet that question we all ask ourselves, is because He is working in & on & through us; the size (of the challenge) will grow bigger because you have graduated from baby school but He doesn’t bring anything your way your way you can’t handle.”

 

As usual it got me thinking and I do agree with him. This conversation brought different scriptures of promise to mind:

 

  • Jer 29:11 –  For I know the plans I have for you, plans for good and not for evil to give you a future and a hope
  • Deut 8:18 –  remember the Lord your God for it is He who give you the ability to produce wealth
  • Ps 241The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.
  • Heb 11:35 – for I will never leave you nor forsake you says the Lord
  • 1 Cor 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
  • Job 8:7 – Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.
  • Mark 11:23“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.

 

There are so many more verses in scripture that would provide the needed boost on a low day. The thing to do is to immerse ourselves in the word and prayer to be strengthened and renewed.

 

You are blessed beyond measure and loved deeply by Papa.
my oh my